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Purgatory Creek Natural Area


911 Marker Trail Map Explanation (PDF)

Purgatory Creek Trail Closures (PDF)


  1. Benches
  2. Bike Rack
  3. Information Kiosk
  4. Pet Mitt Dispenser
  5. Trails


  • Upper Purgatory - 1753 Valencia Way
  • Lower Purgatory - 2102 Hunter Road 

Lower Purgatory (Hunter Road) is the most popular trailhead and fills up quickly on weekends and late morning Spring days. It is a destination for serious mountain bikers and trail runners looking for the technical difficulty of avoiding rocks and tree roots as the trail is natural surface single-track. More than 12 miles of trail flow uphill to the Valencia Way trailhead. Popular trails are Dante, Beatrice, Ovid and Ripheus. 

Upper Purgatory (Valencia Way) is equally popular but access is from a half-mile of caliche road (turn-off from Craddock). Popular trails are Dante, Paraiso and Malacoda where Purgatory Creek has carved a large grotto in the limestone cliff. In addition to trail runners and mountain bikers, this is also a popular hike for birders and nature explorers. An ADA trail was added in 2019 and is accessible via the Upper Purgatory trail head. 


  • 830+ acres

Rules & Guidelines

All park rules must be followed. For additional information on natural areas, including trail maps, visit our Natural Areas & Trails page.